Special Assistant, P-5

APPLICATIONS DEADLINE:   01 Aug 2013
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   17 Jul 2013
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   Field Missions Administered by DPKO
DUTY STATION:   Mogadiscio
VACANCY #   13-POL-PMSS-426007-R-MOGADISCIO

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**This position is located with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and is based in Mogadishu.**
 
Remuneration
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
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United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Responsibilities
Within limits of delegated authority and under the supervision of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), the Special Assistant will be responsible for performing the following duties: Coordination and Facilitation - Provide substantive and practical support to the SRSG in implementing the Mission’s mandate; Keep the SRSG informed on all matters requiring his personal attention, assist in formulating options as to how those matters might be handled, and ensure appropriate follow-up, as directed; Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with mission components, the authorities, the broader UN family, donors and other national and international partners on coordination and policy matters; Organize and manage the SRSG’s meetings and other engagements, prepare written summaries and conduct follow-up activities, as appropriate; Coordinate/draft correspondence for the SRSG’s signature. Political Analysis, Advice and Reporting - Identify, analyze and monitor political developments and emerging issues with respect to the implementation of UNSOM’s mandate, in close coordination with UNSOM's Political Affairs and Mediation Group; Assess implications and make recommendations on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives; Monitor, evaluate and report on implementation; Coordinate/draft summary and analytical reports including, but not limited to, situation reports, briefing notes, notes to file, code cables and input for the reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council. Management - Assist in formulating and managing the implementation of the Mission’s programme of work, ensuring that activities are in accordance with the mandate and maintain an emphasis on fostering an inclusive, national dialogue on critical issues; Supervise, mentor, and evaluate staff; assist with the selection of new staff. Perform other relevant duties as requested by the SRSG.

Competencies
Professionalism - Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations; Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Communication - Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Client Orientation- Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors on-going developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client. Building Trust - Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; Manages in a deliberate and predictable way; Operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; Places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients; Gives proper credit to others; Follows through on agreed upon actions; Treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately. Judgement/Decision-Making - Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impact on others and on the Organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.



QUALIFICATIONS

Education
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, social science, economics, law, public administration, or a related field. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, peacebuilding, or related field. Experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required. Experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) - or similar international organization or non-governmental organization- in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required. Previous experience as an advisor (or similar) to a senior public official is desirable. Experience working on/in Somalia is desirable.

Languages
Fluency in spoken and written English is required; knowledge of a local language would be an advantage.

Other Skills


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